I was tasked with a number of different jobs whilst working in the Tax Sector in the Manchester PwC office. I was responsible for preparing tax computations and tax disclosures for clients, for conducting work on capital allowances for a large building project, for speaking with HMRC on a number of occassions whilst working on different clientsand and for conducting research on major target companies. Overall the variety and responsibility I was given was amazing; with time being spent in different areas of tax including international, mid-sized corporate, VAT, entrepreneurial and private client and tax dispute resolutions.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I absolutely loved every minute of my placement. The initial 3 day induction period in London was amazing - very intense, but also a great, fun way to get to know everyone and learn a lot. The variety and responsibility of work was amazing, and the help and support offered by managers and colleagues was second to none.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was incredibly supportive during my placement time. I felt instantly accepted and felt like I was involved in work that was genuinely useful. Managers and peers all gave me brilliant feedback; which culminated in a graduate job offer. I felt like I was a real asset to a highly successful team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The managers at PwC were incredibly supportive during my time there. I was given a "People Manager" who was a director of tax in Manchester. She met with me regularly to discuss my progress. She strived to get me involved with as much of possible, encouraging me to meet all the tax partners and directors in the Manchester office, attend client meetings and work with each of the different areas of tax.
On a day-to-day basis managers and senior managers gave me support with everything I did. In the earlier days of my placement they would spend hours with me guiding me through the methods for preparing tax computations and tax disclosures, however by the end of the placement, thanks to their support, I was able to complete these largely unaided, and it was simply reviewed by my mangers.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Overall I was just the right amount of busy. Occassionally I would fall short on work, but after asking around I was always provided with plenty of stuff to keep me busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was resposnible for a lot during my placement; speaking to clients and HMRC, completing tax disclosures and computations as deliverables to clients and meeting clients face to face; thereby genuinely representing the company as an employee.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The team work skills I developed whilst on my placement are invaluable for my group project at university this year; as are my time-management skills. The technical tax and accounting knowledge I gained has been incredibly useful for the accounting modules of my degree and will be useful in my future career with PwC.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Overall the office was a very friendly place and everyone welcomed me into it with open arms. The only reason I have not rated it higher is because that I believe any higher would have resulted in a fall in professional standards, whcih would be unacceptable. I feel that the office in Manchester struck a perfect balance between remaining professional and being a fun place to work,
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The intial training near London was incredibly well organised, with a basic general induction, and then being split into area specific groups (e.g. tax) for more intensive training. We were tasked with a group project to complete during the placement, and had regular Friday development meetings to aid with this and other tasks. Communication for the organisers of the placement was very thorough and overall I feel the placement was very well organised,
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel that PwC invested a lot in me during my placement. I learnt a lot during the inital 3 days in London, where we were put up full-board in a nice hotel. Throughout my placement members of staff form all levels invested a hugh amount of time coaching me through tasks and enhancing my skills. My people manager spent a lot of time with me, especially considering her seniority and how busy she was. In addition I was aaigned a "Buddy" who was very supportive and always approachable, who I could ask any questions at all.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was delighted to have been offered a permanent position with PwC in tax in Manchster when I graduate
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only person in tax in the Manchester office, so I was somewhat limited with access to fellow placement students (who were all in audit and thus out at clients most of the time). However amongst other colleagues in tax there was a good social scene, with occassional lunches out, and end of month drinks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home with my parents whilst on my placment, so am not really able to comment.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Manchester city centre has an amazing night life!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were activities to get involved in, such as cricket and five-aside football; however I chose not to participate in these activities